DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) -- John Bloom, who studied with Grant Wood and became known in the Midwest for his paintings of farm scenes, died at his home Tuesday. He was 96.Early in his career, Bloom's work caught the eye of Wood, who invited Bloom to work with him at his study in Stone City, near Anamosa.During the Great Depression of the 1930s, Bloom worked with Wood on several mural projects, and later received commissions to do similar work in post offices in DeWitt and Tipton.It was then that Bloom met Isabel Scherer, who also lived in Woods' artists' colony. Scherer and Bloom married in 1938.Isabel Bloom became a noted artist whose popular sculptures of chubby cherubs, children, birds and animals made her a recognized name in the Midwest. She died at 93 on May 1, 2001.The couple, married for 63 years, collaborated on a children's book titled ``The Story of Little Cat.'' Isabel wrote the text, and John did the illustrations.They had three sons. Jerry of Davenport and Tom of Oxford survive. Charles preceded his parents in death.John Bloom, a graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago, also did interior decorating and painted numerous houses in his native DeWitt.Drawing animals in pen and ink remained a favorite medium and his work has been featured in one-man shows in the Quad Cities. Several pieces are in the permanent collection of the Davenport Museum of Art.Funeral arrangements are pending at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home in Davenport. Visitation is scheduled for Friday.
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1864 — 150 years ago: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business. 1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments. 1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace. 1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually. 1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area. 1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.